PUB MEETINGS GOING FORWARDS – anyone and everyone welcome to join us at Cranleigh’s The Three Horseshoes – second Wednesday each month – December 11th, January 8th etc. Some of us go from about 6:30 pm and there is good pub food available too. It is meant to be social and fun as well as a chance to share ideas and discuss action plans.
SAVE USED STAMPS AND SEND TO RNIB – find out here
PRIMARY SCHOOL & NURSERY REBUILD – In the wake of the JPC refusing planning permission for housing to replace the 2 schools sites – and putting multiple conditions that would make an appeal somewhat challenging for SCC, are you keen to keep the pressure on SCC to achieve a better outcome?
The pressure would be aimed at rebuilding both schools and nursery on the existing Junior School site and to look at how this could be achieved. We agree with the JPC that the plan to put 91 dwellings on the 2 sites – opposite Glebelands school and at the end of Dewlands Lane (leads to the cemetery) – is significant over-development of the centre of the village.
The idea of building a new Junior & infants school and nursery on the area of sodden playing fields beside the Cranleigh sports & social club and bowling green feels unrealistic for multiple reasons: Access for parents and children is more difficult due to the narrow roadway to the buildings; where will people park for drop-off and pick-up and what routes will they walk? Once the housing is all erected there looks as if there would be nowhere to park. . The WBC Joint Planning Committee overruled their Officers’ advice and refused. We do appreciate that SCC has no money set aside for building a new school and nursery but even a superficial examination of the existing school demonstrates years of neglect – where has the money gone that could and should have been spent on it? Is it in a pot somewhere and if not why not?
CRANLEIGH LEISURE CENTRE – Waverley don’t seem to have the money after all – at least not at the moment – to rebuild the Leisure Centre – so they have postponed talking about it till February – maybe then they will engage with their public – we don’t know!
HIGH STREET INITIATIVE – Cllr Andrew Povey held another meeting about the High Street and what it needs to be improved – money is available. Write to Cllr Povey on all topics related to Surrey County Council firstname.lastname@example.org
SMART CRANLEIGH – coffee mornings are being attended by new residents and some people have discovered a few activities via their on-line calendar – they aim to be the point where anyone and everyone can “connect” – see their web site here and enjoy all the services and clubs Cranleigh has to offer.
ROWLEYS CENTRE FOR THE COMMUNITY – OPEN 9:30AM TO 3PM Monday to Friday – Did you know that Rowleys is a facility for many age groups and needs with rooms to book and lots of helpful things to do?
CARE HOME SPACES IN CRANLEIGH? Since many Care Homes were closed across the Country and by our Surrey County Council -including Longfields of Cranleigh – that site sits idle. We are assured that when locals need care home nursing spaces there are plenty nearby – really? Since the HC One & CVHT Care Home application has been refused on various planning grounds – what next? We need Surrey County Council to get on with sorting this out.
CVHT – “Name change – 9th December 2019 – The Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust’s proposals to bring back Community Beds to the village, and to support the provision of additional village health services, have evolved significantly over almost 20 years in the light of changing public health policy, and so we are now considering a change of Trust name to Cranleigh Village Health Trust.”
CRANLEIGH VILLAGE HOSPITAL The original building is in desperate need of loving care and attention – one can see holes in the fabric where creatures can enter – NHS Properties Ltd – have not responded to CCS’s enquiries – we want the old building looked after. We will continue chasing this.
The services the hospital provide are growing – which is great – both the NHS and the League of Friends are working on this and we can use the site for all sorts of needs that our GPs refer us for. The burning question is can the Hospital site become an Urgent Care Centre or equivalent? Read what NHS England tells our GPs and CCGs (links below)
The first cohort of UTCs are now operational in over 100 sites across the country.
Currently, local commissioners, supported by NHS England regions, continue to redesign urgent care services outside of A&E aiming to designate all remaining type 3&4 services as UTCs or to change their function to become other primary health care services by December 2019. As stated in the LTP, by autumn 2020 the UTC model will be fully implemented. This means UTCs will be embedded as part of a consistent ‘out-of-hospital urgent care’ offer in all localities with the option of appointments booked through a call to NHS 111.
ROAD SIGNS LEFT OUT BY SURREY CC – report here SCC / do it online / A to Z of Forms / roadworks signs left on highway
Our fields are saved – so far! And even the trees ……
At the Waverley borough Council Joint Planning meeting on 27th November the councillors and all others spoke well and represented every view. On balance they voted to say no to HC-One & CVHT‘s planning application – the 60 bed Care Home Application with 20 community beds and health workers’ accommodation block – for reasons of “over-development & traffic & against the Local Plan” – in essence we don’t want the field filled up and the traffic increased, but we do feel upset that their isn’t a viable way to bring beds back to Cranleigh now.
They also voted to say no to the housing on the 2 Cranleigh Primary School sites – 91 dwellings and the loss of many trees – reasons – “over-development, loss of trees, loss of village look and feel (we think)”.
They voted for the Knowle Country Park and its lake – this will go ahead and is nothing but an asset all the while it has a vibrant and caring management team – how the future will go remains to be seen but we are lucky – so long as we understand that a body of wild water is a dangerous place! We will witness digging to provide the lake, then planting on a mass scale. The Ancient Woodland is to be preserved too – yippee.
All the councillors and visiting speakers did their best for Cranleigh. If you follow this link you can read all the agenda pack and additional documents – here and the minutes will be published there as well.
As for the replacement Primary School project – this is not over at all. Surrey County Council Cabinet has already approved building the new school with nursery on fields that are currently Glebelands school’s. On December 18th their Planning and Scrutiny committee will look at this again. see here for details and watch same space for the agenda items and agenda pack.
Surrey County Council –
Venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN.
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 10.30 am, Planning and Regulatory Committee.
Our representative on this committee is Dr Andrew Povey – you can contact him here –
Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee – meets tonight Wednesday 27th November 6:30 pm. They are looking at at least 4 issues – Cranleigh Care Home with Community beds and accommodation block. Cranleigh Primary School with 91 dwellings on the old sites. Knowle Country Park development – All about Cranleigh’s green fields being used up for building works.
CVHT article in newspaper by reported Eleanor – some details not quite accurate but she has done a good job of explaining so many aspects of this project. You can read her article here and you could email her here – email@example.com 27th Nov 2019
Cranleigh Society has members with a wide variety of knowledge and views – and on Wednesday 27 November at 6.30 this issue will be fully shared with all Waverley’s Councillors on the Joint Planning Committee – you can read their briefing document here
The event will be videoed and so you can find it live or later – no need to attend. People are not allowed to speak or heckle – only Councillors may speak by invitation. If people wanted to speak they would have had to write in advance asking for a slot to speak – and would be given exactly 4 minutes.
Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee will meet on 27th November to discuss 3 major plans –
WA/2018/1966 CRANLEIGH NURSING HOME – applied for by CVHT with HC-One – the Officers recommend refusal on planning grounds.
WA/2017/1389 resite and build new PRIMARY SCHOOL – the Officers recommend this is Granted! They believe all their planning issues have been addressed.
WA/2019/1168 & WA/2016/2207 Knowle Country Park details – the Officers recommend this is Granted.
If you want to go to the meeting you can, you can also ask to speak – see the web site for details.
for the AGENDA PACK – 150 pages – click here
Everyone is waiting – will Cranleigh Primary School finally be rebuilt? and will it be relocated onto Sports Fields?
Cranleigh Society would like to hear your comments about this relocation and its implications regarding access and parking. Hopefully we can affect the best outcome for the benefit of all. We can still write to Surrey County Council and explain how we think this plan is going to affect Cranleigh and its residents.
Cranleigh Parish Council and Waverley Borough Council have – at the moment – rejected the plans. So Surrey County Council have gone back to the drawing board and are offering “improved” plans. They have consulted experts regarding the flood risks. This site is alongside Nuthurst Stream and is in a flood zone. However the latest plans do address this problem.
The Site – is the 2 playing fields near to Cranleigh Sports and Social Club, and the bowling club. (Guildford direction) – one for the buildings and the other for sports facilities.
According to the traffic assessors parents and carers who need to drive their children to school will continue to park their cars in the Church Rooms car park or around Parsonage Road.
Then they will walk with their children past Glebelands School to where the road joins with Rowland Road and along the footpath at the entrance to the Sports and Social club, and the Bowling club.
The pupil entrance gate will be located at the far end of this footpath (about a 12 minute walk from the church rooms)
Alternatively, a quicker route is to park in the Stocklund Square car park and approach the entrance via the narrow footpath on the Common – opposite the Curry Inn.
Cranleigh Society would like to know if you support this move and if you know of families who will find the walk just fine, or if you are somewhat concerned about getting young children to school? At this stage you can affect the best outcome of all the planning ideas – how would you suggest it is done really well for the benefit of all? There will be a further committee meeting at Surrey and we are watching to see when it comes up.
To find out more go to –
Waverley Borough Council / planning / WA/2018/2044 = “GLEBELANDS SCHOOL, PARSONAGE ROAD, CRANLEIGH, GU6 7AN – Consultation under regulation 3 for construction of a two and single storey building with associated car parking provision landscaping all-weather sports pitch and new access from parsonage road to provide a replacement for Cranleigh primary school.”
go to – DOCUMENTS – additional information SCC Ref 2018-0138 planning Cranleigh design & access statement Rev E
Surrey County Council has applied to Waverley Borough Council to build a new school for 600 pupils and 60 nursery places, and a specialist language centre. The latest plans move the buildings away from the water and flood prone area – nearer to the houses on the Common.
One of Cranleigh Society’s members has looked at the plans very carefully and is fearful about the plans as they stand – what do you think?
“Surrey County Council is planning to relocate Cranleigh CoE Primary School to the playing fields behind the houses on the Common and build over 70 houses on the existing school site opposite Glebelands. Parents of very young children will have to access the school via two long narrow passageways, one running up from the Common opposite the Curry Inn, and the other from the corner of Parsonage Road. There is no parking provision nearby so busy parents will probably park on the Common, in the driveways or simply stop in the High Street and allow their children to run across the green sward to the entrance of the footpath. This would lead to traffic chaos and is very unsafe for the children. The police will not be able to prevent parents from parking on the Common.
The new school should be built on its present site, in the heart of the village with safe access via the post office to the High Street. The playing fields should be retained for use by the school for sport, especially as the pupil numbers will increase to over 600.
The idea of funding a new school by selling its land to build houses whilst disposing of a playing field is totally unacceptable – it’s certainly not in the children’s or village’s best interests. This application is driven by financial considerations and housing targets. Surely, with all the new houses being built around Cranleigh the developers should be made to contribute towards building a new school on its present site??”
The planning and regulatory committee is due to consider this application in June. If you wish to comment go to
Planning Application WA/2018/2044 – Valid From 05/12/2018
GLEBELANDS SCHOOL, PARSONAGE ROAD, CRANLEIGH, GU6 7AN
Consultation under regulation 3 for construction of a two and single storey building with associated car parking provision landscaping all-weather sports pitch and new access from parsonage road to provide a replacement for Cranleigh primary school